HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Four year old Maya Chamberlain was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder in 2009. Her only hope of survival was to find a blood donor. Her mom Mina Chamberlain was born in India and her dad is Caucasian. Because of her mixed heritage, Mina was concerned that they wouldn't be able to find a match. It's often more difficult for people of mixed races. That's when the California family discovered that Roseanne Schuct from Makakilo was the perfect donor. Even more surprising, Roseanne is part Chinese, Filipino and Japanese.
Mina credits Roseanne with saving her young daughter's life. While the family met the donor several years ago, the Chamberlain family decided to visit Hawaii once again. They, along with Roseanne appeared on Sunrise to urge people to sign up with the national bone marrow registry.
While they were once strangers, Roseanne and Maya are undeniably connected physically and emotionally. The Makakilo woman said that she has no regrets in helping to heal Maya. She said the procedure was relatively painless and seeing Maya growing up healthy is reward enough.
Those interested in registering need to be between the ages of 18 to 44 and meet the health guidelines of the national bone marrow registry. You should be willing to donate. Signing up is quick and painless. It takes about 10 minutes to fill out a form, answer a few health questions and complete the mouth cheek swab process. No blood is collected at bone marrow donor drives. You can also register online, by visiting: https//join.bethematch.org/ALOHA.